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Coffs Coast Celebrates ‘All One Under The Sun’ Festival

Coffs Harbour is celebrating its biggest event of the year with the All One Under the Sun Festival taking place on Sunday.

The festival is a family friendly event that celebrates all things people and place in the local community as well as the cross cultural practices for the Indigenous people in the Coffs Coast region.

The fun day-out is run by a youth-led anti-racism project promoting social includison, connection, belonging and education in the Aboriginal land of Coffs Harbour.

The traditional custodians of the Coffs Harbour region are the Gumbaynggirr people, who have a 40,000 year connection to country, forming one of the largest coastal Aboriginal Nations in NSW.

The festival, which usually falls during Harmony Week in March, had to be postponed a couple times already in 2022, due to the ongoing wet weather that hit the East Coast, this was already after a two-year hiatus following the COVID-19 pandemic.

The fun day out also fell on refugee day, which is also a big part of the Coffs Harbour community as the area is a refugee settlement and welcome zone.

After 12 years, the event is bigger than ever, expected to get upwards of 7,000 attendants during the day. People can come and celebrate the diversity of the local community as well as the connection to the natural environment on the lands we live.

Festival Coordinator/Community Programs Coordinator for Coffs Harbour City Council Andrew Davis says the event brings the community together.

“It is a big mass community celebration that really has all of our cultural communities dressing in cultural clothes, practicing culture and having everyone together.

“It’s been a long time coming. It’s something people have been hanging for in Coffs Harbour for such a long time,” Davis said.

It’s set to be an action packed Sunday with an array of activities for the whole family. These activities include: dance and drum workshops, food from different cultures, guided nature tours, kids inflatable and eco-fun zones, non-stop bustling on the main stage which includes local aboriginal performances and a big colour run parade finale to round out the day.

It’s taking place this Sunday 19th June from 9:30am onwards at Coffs Botanical Gardens.

Listen to the full chat that 2NRS Drive announcers had with Andrew Davis in the lead up to the event.